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2007 Federalist Zinfandel

Scoring 19 Dionysian points, with 14.2% alcohol, the 2007 Federalist Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley in Sonoma, cost under $20 and at 13 years old, it was nearly perfect….

2007 Obsidian Ridge

With a higher than normal, 14.7% alcohol, the 2007 Obsidian Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon scored 16+ points on the Dionysian scale of a possible 20. It cost under $24 …

2013 Amoroso Barbera D’Alba

Costing $18 with 13% alcohol, the 2013 Franco Amoroso Barbera D’Alba scored a fine 15 points on the 20-point Dionysian scale. I enjoy Barbera wines from five to…

1957 Casal da Azenha

At 63 years old, with 13.2% alcohol, and scoring 18 points on the 20-point Dionysian scale, the 1957 Casal da Azenha Vinho De Mesa Velho was ruby with…

1975 Petrus

At 45 years old, this 12% example of the 1975 Petrus from Pomerol cost $28 back then, new releases are over $3,000 a bottle. It scored 19 points…

2015 Desoerto25 Pinot Noir

The 2015 Desierto25 Pinot Noir from Patagonia, Argentina, had 14% alcohol, the maximum I’d get for any Pinot Noir, cost under $20, and scored a pleasant 16+ points…

1988 Chateau Cantemerle

Scoring 17+ points on the Dionysian scale, with 12% alcohol, and costing under $20 back then, the 1988 Chateau Cantemerle was delightful.  It’s from the Huat-Medoc (or upper…

Mackensie Vintage Port 1922

The 375 ml of the 1922 Mackensie Vintage Port was 19% alcohol, scored 18+ points on the Dionysian scale,  and cost only $29 in 1973. The 98 year-old…

1962 Chateau Pavie

Scoring 18 points on the Dionysian 20-point scale, cost $14 in 1970, with 12% alcohol, the 1962 Chateau Pavie 1er Grand Cru Classe’ Saint-Emilion held together quite well…

2013 Banfi Brunello di Montalcino

With 13.5% alcohol, scoring 17+ Dionysian points on its 20-point scale, and costing under $65, the 2013 Brunello di Montalcino from Banfi is rounding out at just seven…